Liverpool first-team impressed by U18 sensation Mateusz Musialowski
According to Goal, the senior Liverpool squad feel Jurgen Klopp’s side have a big talent emerging in the club’s youth ranks in Under 18s sensation Mateusz Musialowski.
The Polish forward is thought to have stood out to the Reds first-team when given an opportunity to train with Klopp’s regulars who were not on international duty back in March.
James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Fabinho were among those to take part in the sessions, with the Brazilian also the victim of a nutmeg that received applause from Klopp and his team on the sidelines.
Liverpool are noted to have seen off a raft of rival suitors to sign Musialowski last summer, having piqued the interests of Ajax, Arsenal and RB Leipzig among many before agreeing on a move to Merseyside following a week-long trial.
Musialowski is expected to progress well in the years to come and has already been dubbed the ‘Polish Hazard’ by some academy staff, in reference to Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard for the way that he is able to turn and run with the ball at speed.
One aspect of the 17-year-old’s game that Liverpool’s coaches are said to be working on is in reducing the number of risks he takes with the ball, but feel his balance is remarkable and that he is almost completely dual-footed.
Musialowski has featured 25 times for the Reds’ U18s this season, including starting all six of their FA Youth Cup ties although he was unable to help Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side avoid defeat at Aston Villa in the final on Monday.
Musialowski is certainly an exciting prospect with 12 goals and three assists across all competitions this term, and it speaks volumes on his talent that parts of the senior Liverpool squad were impressed by his efforts when training with Klopp’s men in March.
He has the potential to offer the Reds a mobile attacking option in the future too, with the Poland U19 international able to operate across the front line or drop back into a number 10 role and pull the strings in behind the striker.
Przemek Soczynski, a UK-based scout for the Polish FA, also told The Athletic recently that Musialowski has ‘got the wow factor’ and that there are few emerging in Poland ‘who are fearless on the pitch and can dribble past two or three players’ like the Liverpool talent.
If Musialowski can build on his strong first year in the U18s by stepping up and delivering in the Reds’ U23s next term, it might not be long before Klopp is handing the exciting attacker his senior debut as more opportunities to train with the first-team are almost guaranteed.
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